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Kelli Meehl lunges to gain possession of a loose ball last Thursday in the Yellowjackets 53-43 win over Detroit Lakes.

Perham finishes home schedule in style

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Perham finishes home schedule in style
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The Yellowjacket girls basketball team closed out their regular season home schedule in style Monday night with a 75-74 win over Park Rapids.

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Head coach John Gullingsrud said he'd like to see his team shoot better. They shot just 38 percent in Monday's win (30-for-79).

"We better get used to seeing those zones," Gullingsrud said. "We're seeing more of them. It's a smart defense against us. We need to hit some outside shots to get teams out of those zones."

He added that getting offensive rebounds helps the shooting percentage, with the close shots that usually follow. Perham pulled down 18 offensive boards against Park Rapids, while holding a 45-29 advantage on the glass over the Panthers.

The Jackets were up 33-24 at halftime, but exploded out of the locker room to start the second half. They scored the first six points of the half, and went on a 23-5 run that put the game out of reach.

Elisa Moenkedick had 14 points and eight boards at the half. She finished with 21 and 18, respectively. She was one of four Jackets in double figures in scoring. Becky Stoll scored 15 points, followed by Kaylan Huber with 11, and Katrina Moenkedick with 10.

Another 'Battle' win

Perham won their fifth-straight game in the 'Battle of the Bees' series against Frazee with a 64-34 win Friday night.

"Good win for us on the road," Gullingsrud said. "It's probably our most balanced scoring game on the year."

The Jackets had nine girls in the scorebook, with six scoring six or more. Elisa Moenkedick led the way, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Katrina Moenkedick, Huber and Stoll all finished with nine points. Steph Miller ended with seven points, five assists and five steals, and Jessica Speicher added six points and four boards.

The defense did the job for Perham as well, holding the Hornets to 25 percent shooting from the field (12-for-48). Frazee was just 1-for-10 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Win over Lakers

The Lady Jackets finished off their four-game home stand tonight Thursday night with a 53-43 win over Section 8AA rival Detroit Lakes.

It wasn't the prettiest game for fans to watch, as the teams combined for 60 turnovers.

"We committed 23 turnovers but forced 37 in what was an ugly game with not much offensive flow by either team, Gullingsrud said. "Fortunately, we were able to find a way to win."

When the Lakers were able to get a shot off without a turnover, they did pretty well, hitting 56 percent (18-for-32) from inside the 3-point arc. Perham, meanwhile, was 18-for-50 on 2-point field goals.

The difference in the game came at the line, where D.L. was only 1-for-2. Perham was also just 50 percent from the line, but they were 10-for-20.

Perham was able to open 10-point leads at various points of the second half, only to see the Lakers make enough shots to hang in the game. The closest D.L. got came at the 2:20 mark after a jumper by Jenny Matter, making the score, 45-42.

Perham baskets by Elisa Moenkedick and younger sister, Katrina, quickly put the Jackets back up, 49-43. Elisa Moenkedick and Miller each went 2-for-2 from the line in the final minute to secure the home win.

Elisa finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points to go with 11 rebounds. Katrina led all scorers with 19 points. Miller ended with seven points, seven steals and 11 assists.

Season finale

On Feb. 25, the Jackets will make-up their game from Jan. 22 at Ulen-Hitterdal in the regular season finale. Perham has won five in a row over the Spartans, including a 72-30 victory on Dec. 7.

The Section 8AA playoffs are scheduled to begin March 4 at the higher seeds.

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